John Nobile will be the first to admit that he never dominated the IHRA mountain
motor style of Pro Stock but he definitely let people know that he was
In the early days of his Pro Stock career, the 49-year-old
Nobile split his time and attention between the NHRA, with its 500-cubic-inch
engines, and the IHRA, where the huge 800-plus powerplants, the infamous
mountain motors, ruled the two-lane quarter-mile.
“I started racing Pro Stock in the mid-1980s, and for years I
raced in both NHRA and IHRA, but that got to be pretty hectic,” Nobile said. “In
1996 I was No. 2 in IHRA championship points, and I ran a limited schedule over
there the next season, but after that I went NHRA racing for five seasons. I
actually did pretty good in NHRA during that time. In fact, in 2000 Dodge picked
us up and gave us a full sponsorship deal.